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Facebook provides privacy education for new users

Facebook now offering privacy lessons to new users About two years ago, Anne Collier and I wrote A Parents Guide to Facebook, which we’ve revised a couple of times. But now new Facebook users will get a privacy primer from Facebook itself. On its blog, the company announced that new users will get lessons on the following […]

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Tracking kids’ cellphones: Reassurance or overparenting?

Thanks to my ConnectSafely.org co-director Anne Collier for her thoughtful post about cell phone tracking that concludes “most parents don’t really need software to parent.”  I of course agree. What she said about tracking apps, tracks (no pun intended) what I’ve long said about content filtering. The best filter isn’t the one on the device, but […]

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October is ‘Bullying Awareness Month’ but when is ‘Most Kids Don’t Bully Month’?

by Larry Magid October is National Bullying Awareness Month and that’s mostly a good thing because it reminds us that bullying can be hurtful and can be prevented.  But part of “awareness,” is being aware that most kids don’t bully.  In fact, numerous studies have shown that the norm among most American (and other) kids […]

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Finally, a kid-filtered iPad browser, but not from Apple

By Larry Magid There is finally a way to let kids access the web on an iPad without having access to porn. The Apple iPad is a phenomenal success not only among consumers and business users but in schools as well. It turns out to be an incredibly popular device for children  who take to its user interface immediately and intuitively.  It’s no wonder that lots of iPads wind […]

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Social discovery: What parents need to know

by Larry Magid One of the hottest new trends is social discovery — websites and smartphone apps that help people meet new people. Although there can be some overlap, these services differ from both dating sites like Match.com and traditional social networking sites like Facebook.  Unlike dating sites, they don’t necessarily focus on romantic involvement and they differ from […]

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Could new government rules jeopardize children’s privacy and safety?

By Larry Magid The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions of the rules that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is well meaning and well-timed. It’s well meaning in that the FTC truly does care about the privacy and safety of children and it’s well-timed in that it’s the first revision since COPPA was implemented back […]

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AT&T launches campaign to stop texting while driving

Back in the days before deregulation, AT&T was nicknamed “Ma Bell.”  The new AT&T is no longer called that, but — at least when it comes to safety – it’s acting motherly towards teenaged drivers by encouraging them not to text while driving. The company just launched its It Can Wait campaign to get young drivers […]

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Teens and tweens flock to Instagram: What parents need to know

  By Larry Magid   CNET’s Michelle Meyers just learned that her 12 year-old daughter is using Instagram, despite rules that require users be 13 or older. Her daFughter isn’t alone. Instagram — a photo snapping, editing and posting smart phone app is increasingly popular among teens and tweens. The product allows users to snap […]

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Dutch tragedy: Don’t call it ‘Facebook murder’

by Larry Magid The BBC is reporting that a 15 year old Dutch boy, identified as “Jinhua K” has been sentenced to a year in jail and 3 years of psychiatric evaluation after being convicted of killing a school girl “over a row that appears to have begun on Facebook.” Jinhau was 14 at the time of the murder. Reportedly, […]

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Talk with your kids about the smart use of smartphones

by Larry Magid Scroll down for podcast interview with mobile security expert and Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey If you’re like most parents, your kids already have a cell phone or are chomping at the bit to get one. And, increasingly, teens and even “tweens” are getting smartphones that can do everything a family PC can do […]

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